Game #5657

2021-22

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Position:

12th (-)

Premier League

Watford

Villa Park

Attendance: 42,000

Saturday, 19 February 2022

A worryingly flat Villa fail to turn up again and lose successive games to sides at the foot of the table in a performance very similar to the final days of former boss Dean Smith.

Aston Villa

0-1

Watford

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5657

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #27 |
League Match | #24 |
Manager Game | #14 |
Saturday, 19 February 2022
Attendance | 42,000 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | Robert Jones, Merseyside |
Half Time Score | 0-0 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 0-1 |
Last 5 Games | DWDLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Robert Jones.
Previous 5: 🟥 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟥 |
Incidents: 💥 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Simon Long, Scott Ledger.
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson.
VAR: Paul Tierney.
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Robert Jones

Villa

💥- | 🟨 |

Watford

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

1st XI Cost: £155.86m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £59.40m
Team Cost: £215.26m
Squad Cost: £232.54m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 11/20
Homegrown: 4/20

Starting XI Average Age: 26.87

Oldest Player: 29.95
F Danny Ings

Youngest Player: 20.75
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard names the same squad that disappointed against Newcastle with the only change being Danny Ings coming into the starting line up in place of the benched Ollie Watkins.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |

M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
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W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
Hamstring, 9 Feb - 5 Mar
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Suspension | 1 |

CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Second of Two games
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Out On Loan | 13 |

M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug 21 - 31 May 22
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RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug 21 - 30 Jun 22
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CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
1 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Internacional
6 Jan 22 - 1 Jan 23
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W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | Everton
13 Jan 22 - 1 Jul 22
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M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cheltenham
11 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Livingston
12 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stoke
21 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Preston
24 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Newcastle
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Gateshead
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Luton
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Trézéguet, Basaksehir | 🇪🇬 |
8 Feb 22 - 30 Jun 22
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Not Selected | 4 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 60%
Possession A | 40%
Shots F | 20
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 10
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 7

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Aaron Danks
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Assistant Manager: Michael Beale
Sporting Director: Johan Lange
Technical Director: Jeremy Oliver

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 🔁 |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | CF Ollie Watkins 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 for M Douglas Luiz | 58’ |
🔁 | W Ashley Young 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 for RB Matty Cash | 65’ |
🔁 | W Leon Bailey 🇯🇲 for W Emiliano Buendía | 71’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Ben Foster | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £2.52m |
RB Kiko Femenía | 🇪🇸 | Free |
CB Craig Cathcart | NI | Free |
CB Samir | 🇧🇷 | £4.50m | 🔁 (CB Christian Kabasele 🇧🇪 | £6.26m)
LB Hassane Kamara | 🇨🇮 | 🟨 | £3.60m |
M Moussa Sissoko | 🇫🇷 | £3.15m |
M Imrân Louza | 🇲🇦 | £9.00m |
M Tom Cleverley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £8.37m |
W Ismaïla Sarr | 🇸🇳 | 🟨 | £27.00m | 🔁 (CF Cucho Hernández 🇨🇴 | Free)
F Joshua King | 🇳🇴 | Free |
CF Emmanuel Dennis | 🇳🇬 | ⚽ | £3.60m | 🔁 (M Ken Sema 🇸🇪 | £2.03m)

Unused:
GK Daniel Bachmann | 🇦🇹 | Free |
RB Jeremy Ngakia | 🇨🇩 | Free |
CB William Troost-Ekong | 🇳🇬 | Free |
LB Adam Masina | 🇲🇦 | £4.50m |
W Samuel Kalu | 🇳🇬 | £2.70m |
M Edo Kayembe | 🇨🇩 | £4.23m |

Manager: Roy Hodgson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
1st XI Cost: £61.74m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 3/11
Homegrown: ⭕ 0/11
Subs Cost: £8.29m
Team Cost: £70.03m
Squad Cost: £81.46m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 3/20
Homegrown: ⭕ 0/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

20 year old Jacob Ramsey makes his 50th appearance for Villa since his debut as a substitute under Dean Smith on Saturday, 16 February 2019 aged 17. Almost 3 years to the day, Ramsey - Villa’s current top scorer with five League goals - makes his 28th start to go with his 22 substitute appearances.

Meanwhile John McGinn makes his 130th start for the club in 133 appearances, whilst Emiliano Buendía makes his 20th start and Danny Ings his 15th since joining in June and August 2021 respectively.

This is the first 3.00pm Saturday fixture at Villa Park since Steven Gerrard’s first game in charge, on Saturday, 20 November 2021.

The opposition, Watford, didn’t feature a single homegrown player in their squad of 20 and only three players from the home nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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MATCH TIMELINE

💥 | 5’ VAR denies Villa a penalty
⏱️ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Watford
🟨 | 57’ Booking, Matty Cash, Bad foul
🔁 | 58’ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Ollie Watkins
🔁 | 65’ Sub off, Matty Cash, Sub on, Ashley Young
🔁 | 71’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Leon Bailey
⚽ | 78’ Goal, 0-1, (Watford), Emmanuel Dennis
⏱️ | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's loss rate is 25th of 32 Villa bosses after 14 games of their tenure. The 7th worst.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“It’s not too much different from my reaction last week.

“I’m really frustrated and disappointed with the result and the outcome of the game.

“We’ve lacked quality in the final third, that’s for sure, and I’ve had a really honest conversation with the players.

“We need to wake up and wake up fast because our recent form and our recent performances are way short in order to move up this table.

“I made one change. I thought Danny looked lively but he tired a little as the game went on.

“He’ll probably point towards needing more game time which I understand.

“I tried to make a few more changes and to be aggressive as the game went on because we were looking for a breakthrough.

“Listen, we’ve got in a lot of good areas today. We had a lot of the ball. The game panned out exactly as we thought.

“We knew it would be on us to force the breakthrough but we lacked quality in the final third and we had one shot on target out of 19 which isn’t enough.

“That, for me, tells me it’s a quality issue.

“That’s gotta come from within the dressing room.

“In previous games we’ve had that creation, invention and have looked exciting in a lot of games but, certainly, in the last two, I need to demand more of my players in the final third because we’re getting into crossing positions.

“We’ve got really talented players and it’s got to come from within. Players have to stand up and be counted.

“I’ll take the heat and the pressure is on me, of course it is, but when it’s a quality issue in the final third, it’s gotta come from within the dressing room as well.

“Young for Cash was a tactical change.

“He was on a yellow card so it’s a combination of him being on a yellow and tactical.

“We know we were getting down the right-hand side and we were looking to throw something different at it.

“But, because Watford were looking quite dangerous on the counter attack, I thought we might have to stop the game at certain points and, [with Matty Cash] on a yellow card, you can leave yourself vulnerable.

“The last thing you need is to get a red card in that situation so I thought it was the right decision for the team.

“I wanted to throw two at it, two up top, try to make it more about the central defenders [so took off Douglas Luiz for Ollie Watkins].

“I didn’t think we needed a holding midfielder in that position at the time. We were controlling the game, getting in the right areas and I needed more bodies in the box and I needed more of a goal threat there.

“I felt like we were lacking something in the final third so I wanted to take someone who was playing deep out of the game and to be more ambitious and more aggressive.

“The result is the same, that’s the reality. We carried the frustration on from last week.

“That’s on me, we’ve only taken one point from our last three games.

“It’s a bad combination in football when you concede goals and don’t score many.

“I need to take that on my shoulders and the players need to as well. We need to stick together.

“I’m not going to grasp at straws, the reality is we never had enough quality in the final third. We didn’t creative enough. Ben Foster didn’t have enough to do, especially at home.

“It’s not difficult for me to motivate the players, but motivating yourself comes from within. That’s on you as a footballer.”

Steven Gerrard.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 19 February 2022

“Villa dominated proceedings but Watford grabbed all three points when Dennis powered home Ismaila Sarr’s 78th-minute cross after an opportunistic counter-attack. The defeat for Villa means Steven Gerrard’s side are now winless in seven of their past eight matches.”

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**Emmanuel Dennis’ late header gave Roy Hodgson his first goal and first win as Watford boss, and earned the Hornets a valuable win at Aston Villa.**
Villa dominated proceedings but Watford grabbed all three points when Dennis powered home Ismaila Sarr’s 78th-minute cross after an opportunistic counter-attack.
It ended the visitors’ four-game goal drought and saw them move up to 18th in the table, four points from safety.
The defeat for Villa means Steven Gerrard’s side are now winless in seven of their past eight matches.
### Hornets end barren streak
Incredibly, Watford’s last six Premier League away wins have now come under six different managers.
The Hornets’ managerial merry-go-round has been well reported, and new boss Hodgson already seemed under pressure coming into this fixture after collecting just one point from an available nine since taking charge in January.
As the game went on, Watford were on course to drop to the bottom of the league table with results going against them elsewhere, and looked set to equal a club record of five consecutive games without a goal.
The Hornets soaked up plenty of Villa pressure, and twice went close through Dennis and Moussa Sissoko on the break.
Sarr, starting his first match since winning the Africa Cup of nations with Senegal, created the winner, chipping the ball up for Dennis to nod in.
The Hornets held on for their first victory in 12 matches, since beating Manchester United 4-1 in November.
### Sloppy Villa slip to another defeat
Having started his reign at Aston Villa with four wins from six matches, Gerrard has now seen his side lose four of their past eight. The Villains are closer to the relegation zone than they are to a place in Europe.
The hosts were the better side throughout and should have gone in front in the 34th minute, when Danny Ings struck the base of the right post when clean through after a good move from Emi Buendia.
They continued to create half-chances, with Phillipe Coutinho curling a looping effort onto the roof of the net midway through the second half. But once they fell behind, the opportunities dried up.
Despite coming into this fixture as one of three teams to have scored in every home game this season, Villa failed to find a leveller, and stay 12th in the table.
They will face Brighton & Hove Albion next Saturday, while Watford will host Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

**Emmanuel Dennis’ late header gave Roy Hodgson his first goal and first win as Watford boss, and earned the Hornets a valuable win at Aston Villa.**
Villa dominated proceedings but Watford grabbed all three points when Dennis powered home Ismaila Sarr’s 78th-minute cross after an opportunistic counter-attack.
It ended the visitors’ four-game goal drought and saw them move up to 18th in the table, four points from safety.
The defeat for Villa means Steven Gerrard’s side are now winless in seven of their past eight matches.
### Hornets end barren streak
Incredibly, Watford’s last six Premier League away wins have now come under six different managers.
The Hornets’ managerial merry-go-round has been well reported, and new boss Hodgson already seemed under pressure coming into this fixture after collecting just one point from an available nine since taking charge in January.
As the game went on, Watford were on course to drop to the bottom of the league table with results going against them elsewhere, and looked set to equal a club record of five consecutive games without a goal.
The Hornets soaked up plenty of Villa pressure, and twice went close through Dennis and Moussa Sissoko on the break.
Sarr, starting his first match since winning the Africa Cup of nations with Senegal, created the winner, chipping the ball up for Dennis to nod in.
The Hornets held on for their first victory in 12 matches, since beating Manchester United 4-1 in November.
### Sloppy Villa slip to another defeat
Having started his reign at Aston Villa with four wins from six matches, Gerrard has now seen his side lose four of their past eight. The Villains are closer to the relegation zone than they are to a place in Europe.
The hosts were the better side throughout and should have gone in front in the 34th minute, when Danny Ings struck the base of the right post when clean through after a good move from Emi Buendia.
They continued to create half-chances, with Phillipe Coutinho curling a looping effort onto the roof of the net midway through the second half. But once they fell behind, the opportunities dried up.
Despite coming into this fixture as one of three teams to have scored in every home game this season, Villa failed to find a leveller, and stay 12th in the table.
They will face Brighton & Hove Albion next Saturday, while Watford will host Crystal Palace on Wednesday.